4. Risk Assessment

Bouldering, while not as high in the air as other types of climbing, is no less dangerous.

Most common outdoor climbing injuries stem from boulder falls. Give extra consideration to your surroundings when bouldering.

Below are a few things to consider when assessing the risks of each boulder problem:

1. Clear the landing zone if possible. Be on the lookout for rocks, plants, tree roots, people, dogs, water bottles, etc.

2. Is a “Crash Pad” available? Is it needed? Is a single pad enough?

3. Is there anyone available to “Spot” you?

4. Depending on the climbing destination, be aware of varying degrees of climbing grades. Example: a V3 at your local crag may differ from what another location considers a V3.

We hope you found this video helpful. Feel free to comment below with questions or thoughts!


Please remember, climbing is inherently dangerous. Climb at your own risk.